With the exception of the previously mentioned larger "dark anomalies" (such as dust donuts or clumps of dead pixels), it is typically unnecessary to provide Wipe with a mask. However if you wish to give Wipe specific guidance as to which areas of the image to include in the model of the background, then you may do so with a mask that describes which where background definitely does not exist.
This is a subtle but important distinction from background extraction routines in less sophisticated software, where the user must "guess" where background definitely exists. The former is easy to determine and is readily visible, whereas the latter is usually impossible to see, precisely because the background is mired in gradients. In other words, StarTools' Wipe module works by sample revocation ("definitely nothing to see here"), rather than by the less optimal (and possibly destructive!) sample setting ("there is background here").
Analogous to how sample setting routines yield poor results by accidentally including areas of faint nebulosity, the opposite is the case in Wipe; accidentally masking out real background will yield the poorer results in Wipe. Therefore, try to be conservative with what is being masked out. If in doubt, leave an area masked in for Wipe to analyse.
StarTools is a new type of image processing application for astrophotography that tracks signal and noise propagation as you process.
Signal evolution Tracking data mining plays a very important role in StarTools and understanding it is key to achieving superior results with StarTools.
The motion is configurable both by you and the viewer in both X and Y axes.
The HDR (High Dynamic Range) module optimises local dynamic range, in order to bring out the maximum amount of detail that is hidden in your data.
It doesn't stop there however – the Fractal Flux module can use any output from any other module as input for the flux to modulate.
You can convert everything you see to a format you find convenient. Give it a try!